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Using Grit And Growth Mindset To Foster Resilience And Professionalism In Law Students And Attorneys, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs Oct 2016

Using Grit And Growth Mindset To Foster Resilience And Professionalism In Law Students And Attorneys, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs

Law Faculty Presentations and Testimony

The presentation introduced current research showing correlation between grit, growth mindset, and success in varied disciplines, then suggested several means for improving grit. Attendees discussed several problems that a young lawyer might experience and considered how grit and growth mindset might affect the lawyer's response to the problem.


Creating Assessment Tools For Students, Adjuncts, And Site Supervisors, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, Carole O. Heyward Oct 2016

Creating Assessment Tools For Students, Adjuncts, And Site Supervisors, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, Carole O. Heyward

Law Faculty Presentations and Testimony

During this workshop, we plan to explore how clinicians can assess student performance at project, course, and program levels using self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and faculty evaluation (focusing on clinical adjuncts and site supervisors).


The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer Sep 2015

The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

In Western culture the name Niccolo Machiavelli has become Machiavellianism, a pejorative signifying the willingness to do anything to achieve desired ends. American lawyers do have limits, however, and are expected to operate according to an ethical code that is at least intended to prevent the worst abuses. The effectiveness of this ethical code has often been questioned, as have the questionable efforts of the organized bar to enforce its rules, but on the surface it differentiates law practice from hand-to-hand combat and military struggles. Even though I have sometimes used the concepts of the warrior lawyer, the general and ...


How To Have An Effective Student Conference, Karin Mika Apr 2015

How To Have An Effective Student Conference, Karin Mika

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

No abstract provided.


The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer Jan 2015

The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

In Western culture the name Niccolo Machiavelli has become Machiavellianism, a pejorative signifying the willingness to do anything to achieve desired ends. American lawyers do have limits, however, and are expected to operate according to an ethical code that is at least intended to prevent the worst abuses. The effectiveness of this ethical code has often been questioned, as have the questionable efforts of the organized bar to enforce its rules, but on the surface it differentiates law practice from hand-to-hand combat and military struggles. Even though I have sometimes used the concepts of the warrior lawyer, the general and ...


A Trilogy Of Essays On Scholarship, David Barnhizer Jan 2015

A Trilogy Of Essays On Scholarship, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

At the beginning it is helpful to realize that the five versions of the scholarly ideal produce different forms of intellectual work with distinct goals and motivations. The scholar engaging in such activity can vary dramatically in terms of what the individual is seeking to achieve through his or her research output and actions that might be taken related to the findings reflected in that product. Similarly, there is a diverse set of targets at which the work is directed. These targets include communicating ideas and knowledge to other scholars who are invested in a specific sub-discipline. They also include ...


"The Millennials Are Coming!" : Improving Self-Efficacy In Law Students Through Universal Design In Learning, Jason S. Palmer Jan 2015

"The Millennials Are Coming!" : Improving Self-Efficacy In Law Students Through Universal Design In Learning, Jason S. Palmer

Cleveland State Law Review

The Millennial generation has arrived in law school. This new generation of self-confident and extremely high achieving learners merits a new interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Some institutions have explored formative assessments and regulated self-learning to improve academic success. Other universities have looked to universal design, specifically universal design in learning or universal design in instruction, as a mechanism for furthering educational goals for their students. All agree that a lack of self-efficacy can prevent Millennial students from overcoming challenges in their educational growth, and that high self efficacy, the ability to put forth effort and persistence to successfully accomplish ...


Angst, Technology, And Innovation In The Classroom: Improving Focus For Students Growing Up In A Digital Age, Karin Mika Jan 2015

Angst, Technology, And Innovation In The Classroom: Improving Focus For Students Growing Up In A Digital Age, Karin Mika

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

Many professors in legal education have noticed increased angst in students, who fear that well-paying jobs are scarce. Often, that angst is manifested in the classroom. Some educators blame the phenomenon on the distractions of technology—but more specifically, the author finds that technology has brought all of our stressors to the fore, affecting concentration and the ability to absorb information. This article addresses the extent to which technology has changed the ways that people navigate the world within the span of only a few generations, and how the author continues to adjust her teaching techniques in her technology-oriented classroom ...


In The Mind's Eye: Visual Lessons For Law Students, Brian A. Glassman Oct 2014

In The Mind's Eye: Visual Lessons For Law Students, Brian A. Glassman

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

This article shows how to use works of art to demonstrate essential components of effective legal writing. Part I discusses the learning theory under pinning the use of visual lessons. Part II describes the lessons themselves. Part III explains the benefits--both direct and indirect--that result from using visual lessons to teach law and summarizes student responses to the use of these lessons in first-year legal writing. The conclusion suggests ways in which this technique might be extended and adapted to teach not only legal writing but also other law school courses.


Survival Strategies For "Ordinary" Law Schools, David Barnhizer Jan 2014

Survival Strategies For "Ordinary" Law Schools, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

This analysis is focused on approaches and actions that involve “ordinary” American law schools located in the middle range of competition that are not insulated from the worst of the trends. It is important to understand that for those “ordinary” law schools there is no single choice that could be effective in their struggle to adapt to the changing environment. The specific conditions for creating and implementing effective strategies vary depending on the particular law school, and the applicant and employment markets to which the school has access. These are further influenced positively or negatively by reputational and programmatic realities ...


Law School Enrollments And Adaptive Strategies, David Barnhizer Jan 2014

Law School Enrollments And Adaptive Strategies, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

There is no “national” or “global” law school enrollment crisis but a serious enrollment decline being experienced by a large number of law schools that requires adaptive strategies. Those strategies are not general but need to be designed and applied within a realistic understanding of the specific competitive marketplaces within which individual law schools are operating. In some cases not all obstacles can be overcome or problems fixed within a relevant timeframe. It is likely that some law schools will be forced to close their doors. And it is difficult to argue against that outcome in a number of instances ...


Self-Interest And Sinecure: Why Law School Can’T Be “Fixed” From Within, David Barnhizer Jan 2014

Self-Interest And Sinecure: Why Law School Can’T Be “Fixed” From Within, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

The issue of how best to do a legal education is being approached as if it were an intellectual and pedagogical question. Of course in a conceptual sense it is. But from a political and human perspective (law faculty, deans and lawyers) it is a self-interested situation in terms of how does this affect me? The reality is that for law faculty and deans it is mainly a life style, status, economic benefit and political situation in which the various interests protected by the traditional faculty slot placeholders [as well as the non-traditional practice-oriented teachers) are being masked by self-serving ...


The Aging Of The American Law Professoriate, David Barnhizer Jan 2014

The Aging Of The American Law Professoriate, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

A recent (rather tasteless) article argued: “Professors approaching 70 … have an ethical obligation to step back and think seriously about quitting. If they do remain on the job, they should at least openly acknowledge they’re doing it mostly for themselves.” In “The Forever Professors: Academics Who Don’t Retire Are Greedy, Selfish, and Bad For Students”, the insensitive author added: “the number of professors 65 and older more than doubled between 2000 and 2011.” The author’s most intellectually savage comments were that: “faculty who delay retirement harm students, who in most cases would benefit from being taught by ...


"Practice Ready" Law Graduates, David Barnhizer Jan 2013

"Practice Ready" Law Graduates, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

Whatever view one holds on the idea of “practice ready” law graduates in the abstract it seems clear that it does not and could not mean that a new graduate can be fully capable of providing high quality services across the board to clients unfortunate enough to be using the services of the neophyte lawyer. If that were the case I can hear a client’s conversation with the brand new lawyer in a complex corporate merger with numerous parties, millions of dollars at stake, estate and tax issues, patent rights and differing valuations for the deal. “How many of ...


The Paradox Of Being An Interim Dean: The Permanent Nature Of A Transitory Position, Phyllis L. Crocker Jan 2013

The Paradox Of Being An Interim Dean: The Permanent Nature Of A Transitory Position, Phyllis L. Crocker

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

No abstract provided.


Simulations In Clinics, Contract Drafting, And Upper-Level Courses, Carole O. Heyward, David M. Epstein, Helen S. Scott, Daniel B. Bogart Jan 2011

Simulations In Clinics, Contract Drafting, And Upper-Level Courses, Carole O. Heyward, David M. Epstein, Helen S. Scott, Daniel B. Bogart

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

I teach in a transactional clinic called the Urban Development Law Clinic. In my Clinic, we represent non-profit tax-exempt organizations that engage in real estate, economic, and community development. Some of our clients include Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and Karamu House, which is a theater and community arts center. We serve as general counsel for some clients and provide legal advice on an as needed basis for others. The Clinic provides legal advice on real estate matters, corporate governance, transactions, and tax issues. The complexity of matters that we handle ranges from drafting a code of regulations to representing ...


Redesigning The American Law School, David R. Barnhizer Jul 2010

Redesigning The American Law School, David R. Barnhizer

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

American law schools are an integral part of a vertically integrated system of production in which the end product is lawyers. Law schools are having rapidly increasing problems “selling” their “products” to potential employers/purchasers. Even if the law schools do not voluntarily cut back on the numbers of admitted students some states will decide there should be no public subsidy for educating students for employment areas such as law where there is no demand. Even though many private law schools will be affected negatively, publicly-funded law schools will also be dramatically affected due to declining state budgets and competition ...


Would You Say That To Your Children? Enhancing Learning Through Improved Communication, Karin M. Mika Apr 2010

Would You Say That To Your Children? Enhancing Learning Through Improved Communication, Karin M. Mika

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

This paper discusses how an aging professor must change how she teaches in relation to how her relationship with her student changes. Sometimes professors see themselves in one way and do not realize that they are not perceived the same way they were years ago. The paper sets out advice for appearing less intimidating to students as they grow younger while we grow older.


Games In The Law School Classroom: Enhancing The Learning Experience, Karin M. Mika Oct 2009

Games In The Law School Classroom: Enhancing The Learning Experience, Karin M. Mika

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

Educators have always been concerned with devising ways to make education fun while engaging students in an activity that will be intellectually beneficial. This article explores the use of games in the legal writing classroom.


Law Students Who Learn Differently: A Narrative Case Study Of Three Law Students With Attention Deficit Disorder (Add) , Leah M. Christensen Jan 2008

Law Students Who Learn Differently: A Narrative Case Study Of Three Law Students With Attention Deficit Disorder (Add) , Leah M. Christensen

Journal of Law and Health

More law students than ever before begin law school having been diagnosed with a learning disability. As legal educators, do we have an obligation to expand our teaching methodologies beyond the typical law student? What teaching methodologies work most effectively for law students with learning disabilities? The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of law students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) about their law school experience. The case study yielded four themes relating to the social, learning and achievement domains of the students.First, law students with ADD experienced feelings of isolation in law school; second, the ...


The Mystery Of David Barnhizer, Sheldon Gelman Apr 2007

The Mystery Of David Barnhizer, Sheldon Gelman

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

Professor Sheldon Gelman recalls the professional contributions and personal qualities of his colleague Professor David Barnhizer upon the occasion of his retirement.


Transactional Law In The Required Legal Writing Curriculum: An Empirical Study Of The Forgotten Future Business Lawyer, Louis N. Schulze Jr. Jan 2007

Transactional Law In The Required Legal Writing Curriculum: An Empirical Study Of The Forgotten Future Business Lawyer, Louis N. Schulze Jr.

Cleveland State Law Review

This Article will examine whether the expansion of required LRW courses into the realm of transactional drafting is justifiable. Part II will assess the need for required transactional drafting instruction by showing, empirically, that many students lack a disposition towards litigation or have an affirmative inclination towards non-litigation work. This Part includes both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the issue: It includes a survey of nearly one-thousand first-year law students nationwide and a set of questions and responses from a number of law students who self-identified as future transactional lawyers but who were members of traditional litigation-centric LRW courses ...


Too Long Neglected: Expanding Curricular Support For Public Interest Lawyering, Louis S. Rulli Jan 2007

Too Long Neglected: Expanding Curricular Support For Public Interest Lawyering, Louis S. Rulli

Cleveland State Law Review

In short, as the academy sends more students than ever to corporate law firms, law schools need to do more to cultivate, nourish, and prepare the next generation of public interest lawyers. By making public interest lawyering more prominent in the curriculum, and offering students greater opportunity to work with faculty and students of similar interest on public interest issues, the academy can take an important step forward toward helping students overcome feelings of isolation and survive the formidable obstacles that discourage public interest careers. This article describes one such course, Lawyering in the Public Interest, which is offered as ...


What I Did Last Summer: A Few Thoughts On Getting Tenure, Christopher Sagers Jan 2007

What I Did Last Summer: A Few Thoughts On Getting Tenure, Christopher Sagers

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

Professor Sagers shares his humorous reflections on obtaining tenure, noting that even if tenure is not really all that funny, and even if it courts some controversy, it turns out that it is nevertheless really interesting.


Ariadne's Thread: Leading Students Into And Out Of The Labyrinth Of The Rule Against Perpetuities , Maureen E. Markey Jan 2006

Ariadne's Thread: Leading Students Into And Out Of The Labyrinth Of The Rule Against Perpetuities , Maureen E. Markey

Cleveland State Law Review

This Article focuses partly on my own approach to teaching the Rule Against Perpetuities, but it addresses the approaches of others based on the survey responses. Although I have developed a method that works fairly well for my classes, I am always open to suggestions from others for modifying and improving that approach. Of course, a single method, no matter how good it appears to be, will not work for everyone. Therefore, I have incorporated a number of approaches into this Article so that those wanting to develop or improve their teaching of the Rule can pick and choose among ...


A Chilling Of Discourse, David R. Barnhizer Jan 2006

A Chilling Of Discourse, David R. Barnhizer

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

I argue that the key consequence of the collectives of multicultural, postmodernists, radical feminists, critical race activists, sexuality advocates and others working for radical change is not only the politicization of knowledge in what is after all a realm of politics we call law, but the incoherence of knowledge and the loss of the quality and integrity of our pursuit of knowledge through scholarship. One result is that much of the scholarship and teaching found in the humane and political or noncumulative disciplines such as law are forms of self-interested propaganda in which honesty is muted or excluded and truth-seeking ...


Does Counterfactual History Have Any Lessons For Law Teachers And Lawyers? Does It Have Any Value For You, In Particular, In Your Area Of Research Or Teaching?, Arthur R. Landever Aug 2003

Does Counterfactual History Have Any Lessons For Law Teachers And Lawyers? Does It Have Any Value For You, In Particular, In Your Area Of Research Or Teaching?, Arthur R. Landever

Law Faculty Presentations and Testimony

A counterfactual is speculating on the consequences if particular events had not happened as they did. For example, suppose the British had won the American Revolutionary War. What would have been the British policy in North America? As law teachers, lawyers, and perhaps policy makers, counterfactual history has much value for us. Its value, however, clearly depends upon the care we take in choosing a plausible counterfactual assertion, the degree of its breadth or, alternatively, its limited nature, and how we make use of the counterfactual.


I Didn't Take The Road Less Traveled, And What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been, Brian A. Glassman Jan 2003

I Didn't Take The Road Less Traveled, And What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been, Brian A. Glassman

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

The author describes his career path and the ways he has sought to combine his interests in law and art. The article concludes with ten survival tips to help others on their career journeys.


Active Learning Benefits All Learning Styles: 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Teaching, Barbara Tyler Jan 2003

Active Learning Benefits All Learning Styles: 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Teaching, Barbara Tyler

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

Two things made me a better teacher: my blind student and my deaf student. I realized when forced to confront my deficiencies several years ago that I did not speak enough for the blind student's auditory needs, nor did I provide enough images for the deaf student's visual learning needs. I corrected those deficiencies. Yet, I was still dissatisfied with the extent of my students' retained knowledge when I assessed their learning through class questions, exercises, quizzes, and tests.Then I learned that I was a kinesthetic learner. I began to read about learning styles and found that ...


Situating Thinking Like A Lawyer Within Legal Pedagogy , David T. Butleritchie Jan 2002

Situating Thinking Like A Lawyer Within Legal Pedagogy , David T. Butleritchie

Cleveland State Law Review

The phrase "thinking like a lawyer" maintains as much relevance to today's legal academy as it ever has. In the face of recent criticism that the ideas connected with the concept of "thinking like a lawyer," e.g., the case law method with its focus on the adversarial litigation process, the fact is that legal educators must still teach their students to "think like lawyers." Critics have complained that the narrow focus of this traditional concept unduly restricts the ability of law students to develop refined analytical and practical skills which go beyond the adversarial context. In one sense ...